Posted 206 days ago ago by David Fine
Third time Storm receives honor
The United States Hockey League today announced that the Tri-City Storm have been named the 2015-16 USHL Organization of the Year as determined by a vote from USHL Member Clubs. It was the first time Tri-City received the award since the 2003-04 season. The Storm also received the distinction after its inaugural season, 2000-01.
2015-16 was a record-setting season for the Storm. Season ticket sales have increased by 234% since the 2013-14 campaign with the 2015-16 season alone increasing by 30% from the season prior. Additionally, the Storm players, coaches and staff attended over 190 community events during the 2015-16 season, a season that culminated in the organization’s first Clark Cup championship in front of a sold out crowd at the Viaero Center.
In October 2015, the Storm hosted “Paint the Ice” Night at the Viaero Center. As part of the Storm’s Color Out Cancer promotion, Storm fans were invited out for an evening of painting for those affected by cancer. Fans painted tributes on the ice to their loved ones that were displayed for a pair of games.
In January 2016, the Storm worked with the Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation, a foundation devoted to helping the families of children battling cancer. During the Sammy’s Superheroes Night, kids from central Nebraska received the VIP treatment and received the opportunity to “Be a Storm player for a day.” Additionally, captain Tory Dello was named the winner of the Curt Hammer Award for his leadership and community involvement. Dello is now a freshman at the University of Notre Dame.
The Storm also worked very closely with the Kearney Public School system as well as many surrounding communities to help raise funds for much needed projects in the Tri-City area. During the 2015-16 season, the Storm donated back over $100,000 to the Tri-City schools, cancer research organizations and several others. Through ticket fundraisers, jersey auctions, etc., the Storm made a positive impact in the Tri-City community.